Handicraft export revenue is expected to reach US$1.5-$1.6 billion this year, equivalent to the figure of last year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Import and Export Department.
The US, Japan and EU will continue to be key markets for Vietnamese handicraft products this year, the department said.
In addition, the department asked local firms to enhance exports to potential markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Work starts on Ho Nam Temple renovation
Work to restore and upgrade the Ho Nam Temple and Qua Pagoda monument began yesterday in the Ha Tinh Province's Duc Tho District.
The project is estimated to cost VND4 billion (US$190,840). Built in the mid-16th century, Ho Nam Temple has a planned area of 8,260sq.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Stronger checks on toy safety urged
The Ministry of Science and Technology has asked the People's Committee of provinces and cities to conduct more thorough inspections of shops that sell unsafe toys for children.
Tran Minh Dung, the ministry's chief inspector, said many toys available in the market did not meet safety standards. They often have no labels of origin or lack quality stamps. The inspectorate last year has discovered more than 30,000 toy models that lack quality stamps and have no labels or origin.
Thanh Nien (Young People)